Write For Us


To learn more about the Journal and how to get involved as an Editor or Writer, join us at one of our upcoming Events.


The PPJ Online is seeking original graduate student articles on a variety of contemporary public policy and political issues. Arguments should be based on or grounded in academic research or other quasi-academic/journalistic sources.


  • Get published in a Graduate Journal
  • Enhance your writing and editing skills
  • Provide writing samples to potential employers
  • Show off your hard work to your peers
  • Share your published work on your social networks and feature it on LinkedIn


Pieces for our website are accepted throughout the year. They should be between 700-1200 words. Research sources should be hyperlinked using the following format:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report last month estimating that the ACA could save hospitals $5.7 billion in Uncompensated Care Costs in 2014.” (Choose the words that you want to hyperlink, typically one to four words that are making the point you are citing).

Tone should be conversational but professional.  Good examples of tone are found in Vox, FiveThirtyEight, and The Upshot.  


If you are interested in writing a piece for our website, you must first submit a pitch of your piece, outlining your topic and angle. An editor will work with you from there; typically, online pieces go through 2 rounds of edits.

There is also a Hashtag Calendar where we write about trending policy hashtags and have a week turn-around for posting. A weekly email is sent out by Farrah Pappa to the PPJ staff of all the trending policy hashtags. Please contact Farrah Pappa if you are interested in contributing at fp5376a@american.student.edu

To pitch an idea for an online piece, or to ask additional questions about the website, please email our team at publicpurposeonline@gmail.com


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